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The Slipcover Is Finished


The Slipcover Is Finished
well, sort of. Today I’ll finish the hem, tack it underneath the sofa frame, and sew the buttons on the cushion closure. That is it. All the major sewing is done and I’m so, SO happy about that. I wish that I had a video of me during that last hour of sewing that I did last night before dinner. First off, I had decided earlier in the day that I WOULD BE FINISHED with the last cushion cover by dinner. I basically looked like one of the contestants on Project Runway after Tim Gunn comes in for the last time and says, “Make it work!” I was sewing like my life depended on it. Except, you know, contestants on that show don’t have a 3 year old little boy alternately hanging on them and climbing their chair. They also aren’t having conversations with an 8 year old or helping a 10 year old with homework while doing all of their frantic sewing. Do you know the funny part? That last cushion cover went so smoothly. That is the problem with making slipcovers — by the time you have experimented and figured out how to do something you are basically finished. Actually a lot of other things in life are that way, now that I think about it. I’ll post pictures when the whole thing is really, really totally finished.

Annie’s To-Do List (now that the slipcover is finished)
1. All out organization of the whole house, starting with the upstairs and ending with the boys’ room/basement.
2. Learn Latin.
3. Make some skirts and dresses for summer.
4. Find swimming lessons for oldest 2 boys for summer.
5. Bake more bread.
6. Start going to the farmer’s market when the weather improves.
7. Slipcover the chair and ottoman (should be a breeze compared with the sofa)
8. Paint my outdoor bench.
9. Plant some herbs.
10. Make some homeade sausage.
11. Make the outside of the house look better.
12. Figure out what I want to do when I grow up — or in about 2 years. Whichever comes first.

A good weekend to you all!


  1. Congratulations! Now, as far as your to-do list goes, it is very impressive and ambitious. I would like to suggest you add making very sturdy slip covers for some worn sofas in the fellowship hall at church–in your spare time 😉

  2. Jennifer,
    It is funny but hardly a week goes by that I don’t think how easy it would be to recover those sofas. They are Hoffman cubist sofas and, as bad as they look right now, I would definitely volunteer to take them if they ever give them away. Like I don’t have enough furniture. 🙂

  3. make your own sausage?! you amaze me! but i really can’t find any as good here as that kind y’all like from alabamy 🙂 guess that’s insentive enough. btw we did find turbodog at dierberg’s this week. isn’t that something else y’all have to “import.” congrats on finishing your slip cover. you are so accomplished (even mr. darcy would have to agree 😉 )

  4. “Cubus” – kind of a play on words, I guess.

    Yes, she is very accomplished; I’m amazed. I just typed a few similes to express how she is amazing, but they all failed, and so I’ll just leave it at ‘wow.’

  5. Thanks for the kind words, y’all. 🙂

  6. Hey, have you seen that show Top Designer on Bravo yet? You could enter one of their challenges.

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